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8th World Chess Composing Tournament of the FIDE

The General Rules were accepted at Pula in September 1972 by the Permanent Commission of the FIDE for Chess Compositions (PCCC) and modified and added to in September 1978 in Canterbury, in August 1984 in Sarajevo, in September 1990 in Benidorm, in August 1991 in Rotterdam, and in August/September 1993 in Bratislava. Further amendments have been made in the light of changes approved at Pula 2000, Wageningen 2001 and Eretria 2005.


1. The WCCT (World Chess Composition Tournament) is organised with the authority of the PCCC.

2. The WCCT is open to all member federations of the FIDE (participating countries).

3. The WCCT includes the following sections: A) Two-movers, B) Three-movers, C) More-movers, D) Endgame studies, E) Helpmates, F) Selfmates, G) Fairies.

4. The PCCC regulates the procedure for proposing and selecting themes. The PCCC also approves the procedure to be used for judging. The final choice of themes and the countries to be asked to judge each section lies with the PCCC.

5. Constructional tasks or any theme stipulating a limit to the number of pieces should be avoided. Twin form, duplex form and compositions with more than one solution are accepted only in accordance with the definitions. Promoted pieces in the diagram positions are allowed only if they are substitutes for captured pieces of the same value. It should be noted that a King's Bishop cannot be a substitute for a Queen's Bishop. Fairy pieces or other fairy conditions which do not correspond with the theme definitions will not be accepted.

6. The member federations of the FIDE are to be given adequate opportunity to report in advance their intention to participate.

7. Each participating country appoints a team-leader. The Tournament Director and the team-leader must be different persons.

8. A dated announcement of the WCCT will be made which sets out the rules and which carries theme definitions with diagrammed illustrations. There should be at least 10 months between the date of the announcement and the closing date for entries.

9. Three compositions in each of the seven sections are allowed from each participating country, but only the two highest-placed compositions will score points in the final award. Any one composer may participate with three compositions for each section. Joint compositions are permitted.

10. The organising country may participate in the WCCT provided that sealed copies of that country's entries are sent to the President of the PCCC two weeks before the last legal sending date.

11. The last legal sending date of the entries is to be defined clearly. This closing date must not be changed.

12. Entries for the WCCT are to be printed or stamped on uniform diagrams with the section, composer's name and country, and full solution clearly written on the front of each diagram. The algebraic notation is to be used.

13. The entries are to be acknowledged by the Tournament Director who will produce a booklet containing all the entries on diagrams with the full solution but without composers' names and countries. Each diagram will bear a number for reference purposes. The booklet will be sent to the team-leaders for checking, and the Tournament Director must be informed of any misprints or claims of anticipation or unsoundness within three months.

14. The Tournament Director will inform all judging countries and team-leaders of any misprints, any entries deemed to be unsound, and any claims of anticipation, so that six weeks may be given for checking these claims.

15. Each judging country will allocate points to all sound compositions in the section which it has agreed to judge, except entries from the judging country itself, using a scale from 0 to 4 including half-points. The Tournament Director will calculate the average points gained by each composition by dividing the total points by 5 (or by 4 in the case of compositions from a judging country). In addition, any individual score (0, ½, 1, 1½, .. , 3½, 4) may be allocated a suffix of either "+" (plus), or "–" (minus), or else it could remain without a suffix (e.g., a problem may get a score of 1+, 2, 2½-, 3½, 4+ etc). The number of pluses minus the number of minuses divided by the number of judgments will decide in the case of entries getting the same overall score.

16. The Tournament Director will rank the top entries in each section on the basis of the average of the points awarded. However, in accordance with para. 9 above, the third-placed entry of any one country will not contribute to that country's score, though it will appear in the final awards booklet. The Tournament Director's decision is final in respect of ranking.

17. In each section the top 24 compositions (excluding any 3rd placed entries from a single country) will be awarded scores from 24 down to 1. Scores will be divided equally among compositions with equal ranking. The overall winner of the Tournament is the team with the highest total of scores from all sections.

18. If a judging country does not make its award within a reasonable time (or in the case of other irregularities), the Tournament Director may appoint another country to act as judge, making use in the first instance of the list of reserves drawn up by the WCCT sub-committee. The President of the PCCC shall be informed.

19. Diagrams of all ranked compositions, together with their solutions, will be included in the final award, and published. The awards will be made available to every participating country and composer. The unpublished compositions will be available to their composers for publication elsewhere, once the final award has appeared.

20. The official documents (announcement and award) are to be written in at least one of the official languages of the FIDE.

21. The three countries with the highest points totals and the composers of the three best compositions in each section will be awarded a certificate of honour.

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